RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODS, ROAD CLOSURES, DUST, WATER SPOUT

Monsoonal rain, flash floods, and dust storms caused disruptions throughout the Hi and Low Deserts this weekend. Starting about 4:20 p.m., both directions of Highway 62 were shut down for almost two hours Sunday afternoon when torrential rains flooded the highway from Rotary Way to Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree

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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS DANGER FROM FLASH FLOODING

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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WORRIES OVER FLOOD CONTROL IN JOSHUA TREE

In the wake of September’s flash floods in Joshua Tree, the County’s Department of Public Works movement of dirt left some locals unsatisfied. Reporter Dan Stork describes the bureaucratic cracks into which further improvements are falling… At October’s Morongo Basin MAC meeting, local residents complained to Supervisor James Ramos about

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ONE-YEAR-OLD SURVIVES BEING WASHED AWAY IN JOSHUA TREE FLOODING

A one-year-old Joshua Tree boy miraculously survived after being swept away by flood water in Joshua Tree. The powerful flood Tuesday destroyed the family home, washed away the boy’s bedroom—and carried one-year-old Tristan away along with it.

“We really thought that we lost him,” Tristan’s mother Ryan Scarcy said. A

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODING, 400 CARS STRANDED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Thunderstorms that swept across Southern California Sunday led to one death and caused flooding and mudslides that stranded more than 2,000 others. Locally, 26 people were rescued and 400 vehicles were stranded, due to flash flooding on Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. County Fire Captain Wayne Thompson

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WHAT TO DO DURING A FLASH FLOOD

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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ROADS CLOSED AND THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER AFTER FLASH FLOODING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

The mountains shook and the heavens opened up Saturday morning. It may not be the time to build your own ark, but some folks in Twentynine Palms may have thought so. Reporter Dan Stork describes what happened…

First it was an earthquake that rattled the desert. A magnitude 4.6 quake,

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